Travel site TripAdvisor has culled and calculated reviews from its thousands of users to determine that Texas is the number two state for barbecue in the country. The state takes a back seat to Tennessee, maybe fitting as the state sent many here to fight for our independence. That or it’s blasphemy! Losing to a state that slathers sweet sauce on its ribs!
Rounding out the top 10 are Missouri (with Kansas nowhere to be found), North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, California, Virginia, and New York. Scoff at New York all you want, but they are stepping up their barbecue game. California, however? Pure insanity.
In addition to the top states, Trip Advisor also determined users’ highest-rated barbecue restaurants in America. Franklin Barbecue came in at number 9, which is something of a farce given the fact Aaron Franklin just became the first pitmaster to ever win a James Beard Award for best chef in his region. View the rest of the top 10 barbecue restaurants, according to TripAdvisor users, here.
As for the fine print, the ranking of states is “based on the quality of ratings and volume of reviews for barbecue restaurants, giving more weight to reviews written in the past year, as well as the total number and percentage of restaurants in each state that are classified as barbecue, giving more weight to those with a minimum of 100 reviews.” And the restaurant rankings are based on “establishments that have a minimum of 100 reviews and were ranked by quantity and quality, giving more weight to reviews written in the past year. Chain restaurants with more than 10 locations were excluded.”